Areta Wilkinson and Moa-Hunter Fashions

Areta Wilkinson and Moa-Hunter Fashions


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Moa-hunter descendant and artist Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha) will talk about her exhibition project Moa-Hunter Fashions.

Moa-Hunter Fashions is a new iteration of the project Wilkinson made for the the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

Through studio practice and applied research artist Areta Wilkinson expresses concepts of Ngāi Tahu whakapapa (genealogy links and relationships) and mahinga kai customary sites of natural resources and cultural production. Like her ancestors before her she utilises local resources for the task at hand – hammerstones from the Waimakariri and Rakahuri Ashley Rivers, local pigments, clays and gold.

Layers of relationships to the past are ever present. Through photograms of moa butchery bones and refuse from early campsites, 3D prints of archaic artefacts used for mark making on ceramics, shapes and forms referencing historic Ngāi Tahu visual culture.